Staunton Spectator: March 23, 1869Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Patience, Vigilance, Caution
(Column 01)Summary: The editors recommend caution with regards to the apparent split within the Republican party over the issue of their State ticket. The editors fear that the Republicans may be using this split as a ruse to attract Conservatives to their party.
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Some surmise that the apparent breach in the Republican or Radical party is a mere ruse -- that the Walker party are merely recruiting, drawing forces from the Conservative party of the State, and that the purpose is, when sufficient recruits have been thus obtained, to declare a truce in the mock battle, and to reorganize their combined forces by agreeing upon a common ticket. Conservatives should keep aloof, and avoid all "entangling alliances" till they are better enabled to see what course duty and patriotism dictate they should pursue. In a word, they should patiently await, as a respected French lady, who enunciated the English language with some difficulty, was wont to say, further "devil-up-ments." Patience, vigilance, caution should now be the watchwords of the Conservatives. In the great drama now being enacted the scenes swiftly change. No man can tell what a day will bring forth, or what his duty on tomorrow will be. Watch and pray, and wisely await further "devil-up-ments."
(Column 01)Summary: The recent split in the Republican party has left the people of Augusta with many questions, and few answers. This article enumerates some of these questions, especially the question of whether the split is genuine or a ruse to snare conservative voters.
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These strange times have made our people strangely catechetical. There were many persons in town yesterday, and their conversations were almost exclusively in the interrogative style. There were many to ask questions, but few to answer them. These few would have anxious and curious inquirers to the right, left, front and rear of them, whilst questions thick, fast, and furious volleyed and thundered. Chief among the questions were the following: What means the apparent split in the Radical party? Is it a ruse? Are the seceders from the Wells-Harris ticket really disgusted because a mulatto has been put on the ticket, or are they afraid only that it will result in the defeat of their party? Is the Walker-Lewis party really favorable to the repeal of the test oath and the county organization, or is it fishing with that bait to catch conservative voters? Is it to the interests of the conservatives to strengthen the white wing of the Radical party? Would they effect any good by adding to the strength or respectability of that party -- would it not be doing more harm than good? Should not the conservatives remain united to a man, having nothing at all to do with either wing of the Radical party? Should they not be prepared to unite shoulder to shoulder when the time for action shall arrive? If, in the course of human events, it shall become necessary to unite conservative strength with that of the white wing of the Republican party, should not Mahomet go to the mountain instead of the mountain going to Mahomet?
Which wing does Grant favor? Which does Congress favor? What good can we expect from either or both? What influence has Grant? Has he any or not? What indication has he given of conservatism? What is his mode of effecting reconciliation and establishing peace? Has he any policy, and would it make any difference whether he has or not? Are all the signers to the Republican circular, published in the papers, "earnestly desirous of adopting the great principles enunciated by the Republican party of the country," as that document declares? Did they read it before signing it? Do they consider themselves Republicans?
When did Jno. F. Lewis acquire the title of Colonel? What has become of the "New Movement"? Are the Committee of Nine still hopeful? Have we anything to cheer us? Is there not a ray of light somewhere? Is not the split in the Radical party like a rift in the black cloud which has darkened our political horizon -- does it not show gleams of light -- does it not furnish ground for hope, that, with the conservatives united and the Radicals divided, victory can be won by the conservative party? Should we not be faithful to principle and steadfast in the right? Is not "honesty the best policy"? When will the election be held? Do you think that Congress will order an election till the breach in the Radical party be healed? Will not these antagonistic wings be united on a common ticket before the day of election? Can we rely upon the promises or professions of liberality of either wing? Is not our only hope in the unity of the conservative party? Should we not be ready to act together when the time for action shall arrive? Should we not wait for further developments? Does not Grant's administration promise to be a failure?
(Column 02)Summary: Wilson presented the Senate with papers in favor of restoring Judge H. W. Sheffey's political rights.
(Names in announcement: Judge H. W. Sheffey)
(Column 01)Summary: C. King, J. P. Haywood and J. L. Rippetoe are pastors in the Augusta Circuit, M. E. Church.Supper
(Names in announcement: C. King, J. P. Haywood, J. L. Rippetoe)
(Column 01)Summary: A supper will be given in Greenville on March 26th for the benefit of the Parsonage, which will be erected for the use of the pastor of Bethel congregation.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: Many persons were in town for Court Day, but no court was held because the time for officers to act had expired. "The bottom has dropped out of the tub of civil government, and radical reconstruction results in destruction--its government into anarchy. No official business can be done--persons cannot even get married."[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: The paper declares that the Richmond and York River Railroad and connecting steamers carry goods from Baltimore to Staunton 24 hours quicker than any other line. Merchants are encouraged to use this route.Valley Railroad Meeting
(Column 01)Summary: A group of citizens met at the Court House to select a delegation to travel to Baltimore to advocate that the latter city subscribe $1,000,000 in capital stock to the Valley Railroad.Military Appointments for Augusta County
(Names in announcement: Maj. William M. Tate, Capt. Jed Hotchkiss, Col. Bolivar Christian, Hugh W. Sheffey, David Fultz, John B. Baldwin, John Echols, A. H. H. Stuart, J. Marshall McCue, A. Koiner, Robert G. Bickle, H. L. Gallagher, C. R. Harris, M. W. D. Hogshead, Charles Grattan, R. Mauzy, W. H. H. Lynn, J. R. Crockwell, Marshall Hanger, W. A. Burke, R. S. Hansberger, William F. Smith, G. A. Bruce, Jacob Baylor, Chesley Kinney, R. M. Guy, J. D. Craig, I. J. Parkins)
(Column 01)Summary: A list of the Clerks, Magistrates, Constables, and Overseers of the Poor appointed by the military authorities for Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Samuel A. East, William A. Burnett, R. D. Sears, Joseph N. Ryan, William Armstrong, James Wilson, William Link, Theophilus Gamble, David Alexander, Thomas J. Burke, W. W. Clinedinst, George A. Bruce, F. M. Finley, Absalom Koiner, John H. Dalhouse, John L. Ellis, John Silor, A. A. McPheeters, William W. Thomas, W. F. Smith, William GibsonJr., Lewis Bumgardner, George Reubush, William T. Rush, Joseph A. Miller, James F. Hite, Henry Mish, B. O. Ferguson, William Morgan, B. F. Hailman, Joseph T. Mitchell, B. F. Points, Erasmus L. Houff, John G. Stover, Henry B. Jones, Thomas M. Donoho, J. H. B. Shultz, George M. Apple, George L. Arehart, Adam Kusmisel, John K. Kayser, William M. Bush, Jacob Ewing, A. T. Grooms, James F. Davis, E. J. Bell, William A. Reed, John H. Heizer, Joseph A. Miller, James E. Beard, Benjamin M. Lines, Fred Burns)Full Text of Article:[No Title]
CLERK OF COUNTY COURT -- Samuel A. East, vice Wm. A. Burnett, Joseph N. Ryan, Wm. Armstrong
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT: -- R. D. Sears, vice Joseph N. Ryan removed.
MAGISTRATES: -- Wm. Armstrong, vice Jas. Wilson; Wm. Link, vice Theophilus Gamble, David Alexander, vice Thos. J. Burke; W. W. Clinedinst, vice Geo. A. Bruce; F. M. Finley, vice Absalom Eoiner; Jno. H. Dalhouse, vice Jno. L. Ellis; John Silor, vice A. A. McPheeters; Wm. W. Thomas, vice W. F. Smith; Wm. Gibson, jr., vice Lewis Bumgardner; Geo. Renbush, vice Wm. T. Rush; Jus. A. Miller, vice Jas. F. Hite; Henry Mish, vice B. O. Ferguson; Wm. Morgan, vice B. F. Hailman; Jos. T. Mitchell, vice B. F. Points.
COMMISSIONERS OF THE REVENUE: -- Erasmus L. Houff, vice Jno. G. Stover; Henry B. Jones, vice Thos. M. Donoho.
CONSTABLES: -- J. H. B. Shultz, vice Geo. M. Apple; Geo. L. Arehart, vice Adam Rusmisel; Jno. K. Kayser, vice Wm. M. Bush; Jacob Ewing vice A. T. Grooms; Jas. F. Davis vice E. J. Bell; Wm. A. Reed, vice Jno. H. Heizer.
OVERSEER OF THE POOR. -- Jos. A. Miller, vice Jas. E. Beard; Benj. M. Lines vice Fred. Burns.
(Column 02)Summary: Nicholas K. Trout sends a letter to the Spectator asking for a correction to a previous article that put his name on a list of members of a political party. Trout supports the Gilbert Walker ticket, but adheres to no particular party.
(Names in announcement: Nicholas K. Trout)Full Text of Article:Tribute to the Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth McClung
Give me a space in which to put myself right upon the record. I am published as having signed myself a member of a political party and a disciple of its creed. My name was by an unintentional mistake (of the telegraph) attached to the document.
Believing in this dark hour in our affairs, we should be of no party -- should discard abstract political principles, and support such men and measures, and adopt such practical expedients for the evils of the day as will restore as honorably and speedily as may be, our oppressed Commonwealth to the Union -- and to peace and prosperity, and having knowledge that the persons named in the new ticket are high-tone gentlemen -- conservative in their politics -- opposed to the Underwood Constitution with its present obnoxious features -- in favor of the removal of political disabilities -- devoted to the advancement of the material interests of the State -- besides being qualified for the positions for which they are selected, I say, honestly entertaining these views, that when applied to, I most cordially and sincerely endorsed, above my name, that the Gilbert C. Walker ticket met my approbation, and should have my support, but I declined to sign the document referred to.
If the people generally, after "a second sober thought," and as I know prominent Conservatives design doing, will put their shoulders to the work, we can elect the trustworthy and patriotic gentlemen on that ticket to the government and lift our bleeding country from the dust."
NICHOLAS K. TROUT.
(Column 03)Summary: Detailed obituary for Mrs. Elizabeth McClung. She was the youngest sister of Dr. A. Alexander, and a devout Christian. She lived for the past several years at the Augusta Female Seminary, run by her daughter, Miss Baldwin.Lyttelton Waddell
(Names in announcement: Elizabeth McClung, Dr. A. Alexander, Miss Baldwin)
(Column 03)Summary: Detailed obituary and tribute to the memory of Lyttelton Waddell. Trained in law, he devoted most of his life to teaching mathematics and classics. He held posts as civil magistrate of Augusta County and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church.Married
(Names in announcement: Lyttelton Waddell)
(Column 05)Summary: Junius F. Roots and Mrs. Mary A. Croft, both of Augusta, were married near Christian's Creek on March 16th by the Rev. C. S. M. See.Married
(Names in announcement: Junius F. Roots, Mary A. Croft, Rev. C. S. M. See)
(Column 05)Summary: J. Edwin Bolen and Sallie T. Hopewell were married in Mt. Solon on March 21st by the Rev. Thomas C. Carson.Married
(Names in announcement: J. Edwin Bolen, Sallie T. Hopewell, Rev. Thomas C. Carson)
(Column 05)Summary: John Samuel McCorkle and Mrs. Mary Jane White were married near Middlebrook at the residence of Elijah Hogshead by the Rev. P. C. Hoge.Deaths
(Names in announcement: John Samuel McCorkle, Mary Jane White, Elijah Hogshead, Rev. P. C. Hoge)
(Column 05)Summary: Washington Swoope, Sr., died at his residence in Swoope's Depot on March 11th. He was 73 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Washington SwoopeSr.)
(Column 05)Summary: Miss Betty J. Eidson, daughter of Henry Eidson of Augusta, died suddenly in Baltimore on March 19th.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Betty J. Eidson, Henry Eidson)
(Column 05)Summary: Anna Maria Huffner, daughter of Michael Huffner, died on North River near Mt. Solon on March 15th. She was 67 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Anna Maria Huffner, Michael Huffner)
(Column 05)Summary: Abram Litten died on Middle River below Spring Hill on March 16th. He was 87.
(Names in announcement: Abram Litten)